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Carlie B wrote a review Feb 2015
Geelong, Australia28 contributions24 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was good to get off the main two islands and experience the even more relaxing vibe of the 'no cars and no dogs' island. The family were very welcoming and went out of their way to make sure we had what we needed. Leota (the owner) is very knowledgeable and likes to converse with visitors, often teaching them about the ways of Samoan life. Apa, one of the staff is also extremely helpful in showing and telling anyone interested about the Samoan way of life. Would definitely recommend a couple of nights stay here.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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avee8or wrote a review Jan 2007
Wellington, New Zealand73 contributions29 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Let me begin by qualifying things;
1. You're in Samoa and things can be very basic compared to home (NZ for me)
2. You're staying at beach fales, so you're resourceful and adventurous and open minded to new experiences (or you'd be at Aggies or Sinalei).

I had to keep all of that in mind when we came across to Manono, even though this was our third stop. The photo's look better than the reality, but, there's more and it's not all that bad;
Fales - Very basic, fully enclosed garden shed with tin/thatched roof and a small deck at the front, a western style double bed which was really a knocked together bed.
Beach - There isn't much of one, it's murky and slightly rocky and the further out you walk it becomes a sea grass sea floor. It gets pretty shallow at low tide. They have a concrete jetty out front and at high tide it's great for swimming off.
Food - It was really pretty basic, but I have to make allowance for Sau (the host) being on Upolo with a sick child so the boys (teens) looked after us most of our stay. We did have the fish caught on the days we went out so that was great.
Toilets/Showers - Fairly basic again but were flush loos.
Snorkelling/Fishing - This was great as they took us out to the reef snorkelling and then some trawlling from their boat, now having their boat and the snorkelling trips was great.

This was the closest we got to a traditional family stay, the whole family interacted with us from Mum through to the youngest which was excellent, the sons looked after us well from taking us fishing to making our lunches. That was great. The youngest was great fun.

Would I go back - probably not, Am I glad we did it - definitely. We had to conciously decide we were going to make the best of it, this was our intrepid journey and it ended up great.

Bring a book;
Wear stout footwear for the walk around the Island, most of it is very easy just a little bit of it is a little rocky.
Insect Repellant;
Soak yourself from the rain barrel, great on a hot day.
Grab the guitar and have a play in the sun
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Rozz60 wrote a review Jun 2011
Hobart, Australia27 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you want night clubs and fancy restaurants, then this is not the place for you. If you are after relaxation, culture, snorkelling, friendly people, plenty of food and good weather - pay a visit to Sunset View Fales on Manono Island. It's easy to get to from the airport - just get a cab to take you to the Manono jetty (approx. 10 min) and contact the people at the shop and arrange it all. Unless you've called beforehand and made a booking with Sau or Leota. (Ph: +685 45640).
A very affordable holiday. 100 tala/day (130 if you want your own bathroom and shower) will get you a cottage with balcony in a garden overlooking the water. Price includes boat transfers (approx. 20 min each way), accommodation, 3 meals a day, use of wooden canoe and snorkelling gear and motor boat trip to the coral reef for snorkelling. Snorkelling can be done in front of the fales but you have to take care of the coral and clam regeneration areas (were damaged in the Sept 2009 tsunami). Their boys will also escort you on a tour of the island and show you how to cook the Sunday lunch in an 'umu'.
Sunday is a great day to be there to experience much of their Samoan lives. Church in the morning (even if you aren't religious) is worth a visit just to see the ladies in their white clothes and hats, and to hear the beautiful singing. After church is the Sunday lunch which may consist of local delicacies such as freshly caught fish, pork, veges with coconut cream, breadfruit.
Waling around the island produces many calls from children to have their photo taken. If you are lucky and interested you might be able to visit the local school, especially if you have things to donate such as stationery and books. Many things were lost or damaged in the tsunami and it is evident things are still being worked on to get it back to how it was.
There are a couple of small shops on the island but if there are special treats you like then take them with you. You can buy the local beer. There are no cars, roads or dogs. The 'highway' is a walking track. Many of the villagers are fishermen - made obvious by the nets hanging to dry.
Sau, Leota and family are wonderful hosts and happy to sit and talk about Samoan traditions. Euan is a New Zealander who is there much of the time and assists with running the business so that their family routine is not interrupted too much. Euan is always ready for a chat and is involved with the community and assists with donations for the local school.
I travelled with my 2 teenage daughters who enjoyed the place and are keen to return.
We had the best ever fresh pineapple here, and the sago papaya as part of breakfast was wonderful.
You don't have to take much in the way of clothing - light shirts, sarongs, bathers and something for church. It's OK to swim out the front of Sunset View Fales in bikinis, but need to check about what to wear at other spots.
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Date of stay: June 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Shiri1130 wrote a review Feb 2015
Chamonix, France98 contributions170 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here for a night by myself and had a horrible experience. I had heard good things about this place from others, so was expecting a really friendly family experience. Instead when I arrived I found the place deserted with only the "brother in law" and his 2 year old son and cousins (all male) around. When I arrived the "brother in law" creepily sat me down at the common fale and started telling me about the place. He was definitely on some drugs and seemed weird, but I didn't think too much of it given his cute two year old son was around and it was still daytime. He showed me to my room and asked if we could sleep there together. I thought I misheard him and his English wasn't good, so I just said no and walked away not thinking too much of it. The island itself is very cute and I had a nice walk around. Dinner that night consisted of me eating fried eggs and veggies by myself while the cousins watched. It was very awkward and weird, no family experience at all. The "brother in law" then came and sat with me and started talking and asking me if I wanted to smoke with them. I said no and then he asked me if I would like to sleep with him - this time it was very clear what he was saying. I said no and walked away. They stayed up drinking and smoking all night and were quite loud. I barricaded myself in the room, terrified that they might come in. Luckily nothing happened, but the place is hot and stuffy and filled with ants and bugs, so it was a horrible night's sleep. In the morning, I went down and found the two year old son sleeping on the floor in the common fale (where they had all been drinking and smoking until 3am). Horrible father!!! This was honestly one of the worst experiences I have ever had. I will be telling the tourism board and hope no other female travellers have to experience this.
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Date of stay: February 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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tongatraveller wrote a review Apr 2007
australia44 contributions34 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
It's all relative, isn't it? And relative to Taufoa Beach, the food at the Sunset View Fales on Manono comes as a bit of a shock to the system. It's all very well to taste roasted green bananas as a cultural titbit but to have them served as the main meal for the day (and having paid good money for it) doesn't do much for one's digestion (I think they had roasted green bananas in mind when they invented cardboard). Breakfast was just two dry pieces of bread with some cocoa/coconut concoction which I merely sniffed at; lunch was a slapped-up tinned tuna sandwich. For somebody who wants to lose weight, this is a great regime but why pay T90 a person a day for it? The accommodation is worth no more than the T25 they charge you at Taufoa Beach which leaves T65 for breakfast, lunch and dinner as described above - and that's a gross overcharge! So after two days the body needs a bit of a recharge (even McDonald's tastes like gourmet cooking after this!) and in any case, Sunset View Fales haven't much in the way of facilities (unless you want to watch RAMBO with the hosts' kids on their DVD-player); so if you want to come for more than an overnight, bring some foodstuffs to munch on in between meals and a thick book and also your own snorkel and flippers because all that's at Sunset View Fales are some odd bits left behind by previous guests.
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gaby b b wrote a review Jul 2012
Melbourne7 contributions7 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent two nights on Manono island in my travels around Samoa - and I found the change of pace on the island utterly wonderful and relaxing.
Sunset View Fales are run by a very friendly family - while I was there, Laoto and his son Jay were very attentive and always up for a chat.
Included in the price of the accommodation was the boat transfer to and from the island - when you get to the Manono-uta wharf, the people who run the shop there are relatives of the family, and will contact Jay to come and collect you.
One thing to note - although I booked through the samoa hotels association website (bookings@samoa-hotels.ws), the family weren't expecting me, so it always pays to call ahead and let them know you're coming. They were very welcoming regardless, and Laoto is a wonderful host who will chat with you for hours!
In terms of the accommodation, I stayed in a cabin overlooking the water, which had both a double bed and two singles, and a bathroom. The bathroom was reasonably clean, and, quite excitingly, for the first time in Samoa, I slept in a bed which didn't have a thin mattress on a wooden base!
As a part of the experience they offer, Jay will take you out snorkeling - which is a definite must-see, and a slow walk around the island is a wonderful way to spend an hour meeting the locals! Laoto is also always happy to chat about the culture and customs of the island - which is a great way to find out more about the beautiful country you're visiting.
In reading a previous review, i think it is important to note that this is not only the most traditional island in Samoa, it is also a developing area, which was already struggling before the Tusnami hit a few years ago - so the accommodation you will find here is modest - but the experience of being on the island and meeting such warm and open people is one of the highlights of my trip
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Date of stay: July 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Judith W wrote a review Sept 2009
Christchurch, New Zealand61 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I an our son and daughter-in-law stayed 3 nights and wished it could have been longer. Leota and Sau, and their family, and Euan looked after us extremely well. The meals were great, mostly local dishes like breadfruit, taro leaves whr coconut cream, etc. Kocoa Samoa drink was a treat, etc. We helped the boys put down an umu one day.Our daughter-in-law had her birthday while we were there. Leota arranged to pick up a birthday cake for her while he was in Apia on business which made it a special.
The boys took us out snorkling at the reef twice. We had taken our own snorkling gear, purchased at The Warehouse for $20 each befor we left NZ!!
On of he boys guided us to the top of the mountain and down again with stops to sample the food on offer in the bush - cocoa beans and coconuts. It doesn't get any better than cracking open a coconut for a drink when you reach the summit on a hike in 30degree heat. Delicious!!
The walk around the island was easy and only took about 90 minutes. Local shops sell lemonade and chips, beer and not much else, so don't expect to do a lot of shopping here.
Euan (a nzer who lives with Leota and Sau fo about 6 months of the year, is an asset to them as he helps to entertain their guests and can answer most questions you might have about island life.
No dogs, no vehicles, no roads!! Paradise!!
We intend to return
We W
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Date of stay: July 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Alice L wrote a review Jul 2018
25 contributions14 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
So 6 of us visited Manono for a relaxing weekend and really enjoyed the island. We arrived on the Saturday and the boat from Sunset View took us out snorkling - which was nice but the coral is only just starting to recover, then we did the 1.5-2 hour walk around the island. The accommodation was a good standard, the owners very welcoming and polite and we got given three plentiful meals.

The thing that causes me to give these fales a lower rating is that they'd captured and tethered a sea turtle in shallow water to the side of their jetty by drilling through its shell. This is illegal in Samoa and we've since reported it to the fisheries department but when we discussed this with the owners of the fales they told us that they were very sorry that we were upset by it but that they've needed the turtle there to keep the sea grass under control.

This was shocking and is complete rubbish. It is likely that wild turtles naturally frequent this area as they do with the rest of samoa and it is completely unnecessary and cruel to have this animal tied up by its own shell.

Apart from this which is a BIG negative for me the fales and the family were nice and if I get proof/assurance that the turtle has been released and no others caught I will gladly retract this review and leave another one.

In the mean time I encourage you to choose other accommodation on Manono
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Akaroa2000 wrote a review Jun 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand34 contributions14 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for 3 nights. Manono is a wonderful island to visit if you want to experience traditional Samoan life and get to met people. Sunset Fales provided all our meals, took us out snorkelling, and we also had an excellent Umu meal (and participated in making it). The family are very friendly and helpful. The Fales are quite basic, and if you want towels and mosquitoe nets you'll need to specify that in your booking. It wasn't the cleanest place - I really wanted to give the bathroom a good scrub and wash all the bathroom mats. But other than this small issue we had a fantastic time and I was sorry to leave. I'll definitely go back - Manono is magic and Paul & Margaret are great hosts.
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Date of stay: June 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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buffymossman wrote a review Nov 2011
Brisbane, Australia25 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sunset View Fales was one of my favorite places that i stayed while in Samoa. The cost of the accommodation includes the boat trips to and from the island as well as a boat trip to the reef for snorkeling, and the family members also took be for walks around the island to show me around. Also three HUGE meals a day are included in the cost so all up it was fantastic value! The fales are nice and have raised beds, they are also lockable, but I left mine unlocked the whole time I was there and had no issues. I really loved it there and can't wait to go back! They really look after you and make sure that you have a great time.
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Date of stay: November 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Zbrowelli wrote a tip Jan 2016
Sydney, Australia393 contributions102 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms with inbuilt bathrooms higher up on the hill are worth the extra"
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timmy1968 wrote a tip Jun 2014
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions16 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"for 130 tala a night you can get the fales with private bath and amazing views"
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Dancetoday wrote a tip May 2014
Taumarunui, New Zealand6 contributions4 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"ask for a fan"
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EccentricExplorer wrote a tip Sept 2013
Tucson, Arizona37 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Consider an ensuite room: They are higher and have nicer views of the lagoon."
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judy071 wrote a tip Jan 2013
Auckland Central, New Zealand24 contributions31 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a fale up on the hill - lovely views from here."
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